2016 Spring ISAT

Idaho Portal

Idaho Portal
Click the GO! button to the right to access the Idaho State Department of Education ISAT Assessment Portal.

What grade levels will be participating in the 2016 Spring ISAT Assessment? 
  • Grades 3-8 & 10 will take Math and English Language Arts (ELA)
    • Both Math and ELA are ISAT by Smarter Balanced; click here for Idaho specific information.
    • Both Math and ELA include a combined score from the computer adaptive test (CAT)* (see below) and the performance task (PT)
  • Grades 5 and 7 will take Science ISAT by Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) 
  • Grade 10 will take Biology End of Course Assessments (EOC) by DRC
When are the 2016 Spring ISAT Assessments?
  • 3rd and 4th grades assessments: April 25 - May 12
  • 5th - 8th grades assessments: April 11- 29
  • 10th grade assessments: April 26, May 3, May 10
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Practice Tests and Scoring Guides                        

ELA & Math Practice Test 

Student Testing Interface 
  • Includes overview using screen shots of entire testing interface
  • Includes notes that can be accessed by clicking the link below this presentation
  • Recommended use 
    • Classroom teacher before students take the practice test
    • Individual, older students
    • Reference for questions (click individual slide)

Student Interface Module with notes.pptx

*CAT Overview
The CAT (Computer Adaptive Test) assessments automatically adjust to fit the ability level demonstrated by a student. The computer looks at a student’s response to an item to see if it was answered correctly. A student may or may not receive the same items as his or her friends. Each test is dynamically built to the ability level of the individual student. Items might include videos or audio, PowerPoint slides, or interactive test questions. The student receives questions based on his or her response to the previous questions. If the student continues to answer questions correctly, the questions covering the blueprint** will continue to get more challenging. If the student starts missing the answers to questions, the program will start to select questions that are easier. 

Because the program knows which questions are harder and which are easier, several students may have answered a similar number of questions correctly, but the student who has answered the more challenging questions correctly will achieve a higher score. Therefore, a student’s score is based on the difficulty of the items that were right or wrong, not on the total number of correct answers. 

Because the program knows which questions are harder and which are easier, the student will see items that are neither too easy nor too hard.The test ends when the student has answered a sufficient number of questions that satisfy the requirements of the blueprint and provide a good estimate of the student’s proficiency. 

Not all students receive the same questions; The students’ testing experience will be their very own and will provide them with the chance to show what they know.
Student test scores and reports are not delivered until the entire test, including parts requiring human scoring, has been evaluated.

The ISAT by Smarter Balance test blueprints describe the content of the English language arts literacy and mathematics summative assessments for grades 3-8 and high school – and how that content will be assessed.